Jason McCarthy is gay. He’s also a police officer living in a small-minded northern New Brunswick town where being gay could spell the end of his career. When an impending snowstorm threatens to strand his best friend and policing partner, David, Jason offers up his spare room for the night – a move that reveals Jason’s secret, and changes their friendship and lives forever.
David Richard isn’t gay- at least he doesn’t think he is. He knows he loves his best friend, and he admits to feelings that had started after a tragic accident almost a year before. When David acts on these feelings, it doesn’t go well, leaving both men alone and hurt. Jason, however, doesn’t think twice about stepping in and rescuing David’s children when their mother abandons them. The move brings David and Jason back together, but Jason’s past rears its ugly head and they both have to make difficult decisions that are sometimes best left up to fate.
Where were you born and where do you call home?
I was born in Halifax Nova Scotia (Yes, Canada eh?!), I lived in a small town about 40 minutes outside of Halifax until I went away to university, also in a small town, call Bathurst, in New Brunswick. Once I finished nursing school I moved to Ottawa to be closer to my parents. My Dad is in the Navy and was transferred in July of 2008. I love Ottawa it’s an amazing city, if I look out my master bedroom balcony I can see the top of parliament hill.
I loved visiting Canada and my family there when I was younger. Never went to Nova Scotia though.
Sometimes It’s Fate is set in Bathurst correct?
Yes, I actually wrote Sometimes It’s Fate while living in Bathurst. Many of the places mentioned are real, the description of the area is very real. I loved living there, although it’s very isolated. I used to regularly drive the two and a half hours down to Moncton to buy groceries.
That seems like an awfully long way,
It is, but it’s part of living there, just like living here in Ottawa means we have to avoid certain part of downtown when we have Royals or other Head of State visiting us.
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
Part of me never wants to leave Canada. I love my country and I’m very proud to be Canadian. I have travelled around the world and in the end there’s no place like home. That being said I would love to have a Summer Home in France or Germany, somewhere in central Europe so I could take off and travel around, seeing all of the amazing historical things we don’t always have in Canada.
Tell us more about Sometimes It’s Fate, if you had to sum it up in 30 or less words, what would you say?
Oh wow that’s a tough one. I guess I would say:
Cute cop struggles with his self, finally gives into love only to have his past come roaring back. Has to hold on to the belief that some things are best left up to fate.
I think that was 33 words… close enough?
How did you come up with the title?
Sometimes It’s Fate didn’t occur to me until after I had finished writing the novel. I was re-reading and there are several instances that mention fate. I realised that with-out thinking I had weaved that into a theme of the novel. After that the title made sense. Other novels, like the follow up to Sometimes, Boots on the Ground, I had the title long before I wrote the book.
What or who inspired you to write? And how long have you been writing?
I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember. From journals filled with Mary Sues to the first full length harlequin romance I wrote that the age of twelve. Then onto fan fiction. Writing is something I’ve always done.
Specifically for Sometimes It’s Fate the tragic events behind the Boys in Red accident that inspired the novel. More details can be found in the Author’s notes at the beginning of the novel.
I love reading the warnings on the blurbs for many books. If you could write a warning label for yourself as a person or an author, what would it say?
Caution: Does not come with filter.
I say what I think, and I don’t beat around the bush. Not everyone appreciates my forwardness, but most people do.
If you gave some of your characters an opportunity to speak for themselves, what would they say?
Oh gosh, David would ask if I needed a trip to the mental ward for spending so much time talking to people that live in my head, and Jason would probably wonder why we were bothering him, and I could I please so torturing him in my books (I will, eventually, I promise…)
Which character speaks the loudest, to you? Do any of them clamour to be heard over the others?
I think it depends on the day. I’m a very scattered writer. I currently have about 5 WIPS, Works In Progress, on my drop.box account. I’m always opening on and writing 1000 words here, 2000words there. Until I really get grabbed then I dive head first in to a novel and finish it. Currently I have a sexy, ex-army nurse chatting me up and wondering when I’m going to get to the point where she finally sleeps with the hero.
Have you based any of your characters on someone you know, or real events in your own life?
The main undercurrent in Sometimes It’s Fate is a real life event, as previously mentioned. Some of the characters are based off of people, like Dawn, but for the most part they are a collaboration of numerous people. Jason, as an example, is based off of about five police officers, two gay friends, and three straight ones (and may be a little bit of me) all mixed up.
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
There are two, 1st, everything happens for a reason, and second, Safe sex. You wouldn’t think the two go hand in hand, but they do.
Do you have plans for a new book? Is this book part of a series?
Sometimes It’s Fate is part of the Canada’s Finest Series.
Here is a basic break down of the series (thus far!)
Featuring David and Jason
Book 1-Sometimes It’s Fate (released now! In e-book & Print)
Book 2- Boots on the Ground (Releasing Ebook only, In July!)
Book 3- Special Investigations (Releasing Winter 2013!)
Book 2.5- Positive Attraction
Featuring Ash & Matthew (Who you meet in book 2)
Book 4- To be titled
Featuring Craig (Who you meet in book 1)
That’s six books so far, maybe seven. But yes I promise Craig will get his own love story and for when Boots on the Ground comes out, I promise I will give you a happy ending for Ash and Matthew as well!
Where do you see yourself in five (5) years?
Hopefully living in a nice house, married (or soon to be married) and having written a lot more books!
Do you prefer ebooks, paperbacks or hardcover?
Depends on the book. Ebooks are great, the low cost means I can buy more, paper backs are nice if you want a hard copy of a book, I usually save hardcovers for special books I love that I can’t wait to come out in paperback.
Are you a self published (Indie) Author or big trad published?
I’m published by a small-medium sized publishing house Phaze book, they’re an imprint of Mundania press LLC.
What can we expect from you in the future? ie More books of the same genre? Books of a different genre?
More books, I don’t just write M/M romance. I have a M/F hockey series coming out from Decadent publishing. I have high hopes for some submissions I just made so let’s cross our fingers and hope the big names like it!
Have you ever read a book more than once?
Yes! Especially when I love a novel, I read the 4th Harry Potter novel 36 times.
Is there a particular movie that you preferred over the book version?
Almost always I prefer the book to the movie. That being said the movie/book: My Sister’s Keeper, is an exception. The movie was so different from the book especially the ending (I won’t spoil) but will say what happens in one, is the opposite of what happens in the other. I think both endings are sad, but the Movie ending was somehow more satisfying.
Is there anything you would change in your last book and why?
Yes, I need to add in a scene about Afghanistan or a line, or something more. In the book (Yes spoiler alert) Jason asks to be put on the list to be considered for deployment to Afghanistan. I don’t mention it again, the main reason is that about 10 000 words from Sometimes got cut and ended up in Boots on the Ground instead. Often times with these things you can send in a request and then wait months, or years to hear back, so it didn’t seem odd for me not to include something about Jason’s request. One thing I keep hearing back from readers is that they’re disappointed I didn’t do anything with that scene. I always try and reply with “Just wait, the basic plot line for Boots on the Ground is, Jason goes to Afghanistan”
Now some Rapid fire questions:
Do you write under a pen name?
Yes, and no you can’t have my real name
Spoil Sport, LOL
What are your pet peeves?
People chewing with their mouths open
Cats or dogs?
Dogs, particularly Bassett Hounds.
White wine or red?
Coffee or tea?
Vanilla or chocolate ice cream?
What are 4 things you never leave home without? Besides the obvious car keys, id, cell phone etc…
1-My laptop. I have a baby 10.5 EeePC from Asus it goes everywhere with me. I’m always whipping it out and writing on it.
2-Snacks or food of some kind. I always have “Emergency food rations” as I call them on me. I’m always the person who people ask for something to eat.
4-Sun glasses, I wear sun glasses almost every day. My eyes are very sensitive to the light.
Laptop or desktop for writing?
Both, laptop most of the time, desktop usually when I’m editing (or sneaking in a few lines while I’m at work)
Where and when do you prefer to do your writing?
Whenever the mood strikes me, where ever.
If you were deserted on an island, who are 3 famous people you would want with you?
1-Someone who could get us off of the Island 2-Someone who could provide for us while we were stuck on the island 3-Someone pretty to *ahem* look at….
“McCarthy,” Jason answered his cell phone sleepily. David mumbled in his sleep next to him and rolled over.
“Where are you?” Craig‘s distressed voice floated over the line.
“In my apartment.”
“Since I‘m at your apartment I highly doubt that.”
“What?” Jason sat up in alarm and slid out of bed. He padded out of David‘s bedroom and into the hall. The clock read four a.m. “What the hell are you doing at my apartment at four a.m.?”
“I think the question is why aren’t you at your apartment at four a.m. You‘re not working.”
“I—don‘t turn this around. What‘s wrong Craig?”
“Can you come back here, or can I go there or something? Please…”
“Craig you‘re scaring me.”
“I‘m scaring myself Jase.”
“I‘m at David‘s. I‘ll give you directions.”
Jason gave Craig directions to David‘s house and hung up. He went back into the bedroom and pulled on a pair of pj pants.
David shifted in his sleep. “Jason,” he mumbled reaching out. “Who was that?”
“Craig,” Jason told him sitting on the edge of the bed.
“What time is it?”
“Just after four.”
“What did he want?”
Jason sighed. “I don‘t have a clue. He was at my apartment. I told him to come here.”
“Sorry just—trust me, something is wrong, very wrong. Why else would Craig drive up from Moncton and be at my apartment at four a.m.?” Jason leaned over and kissed his partner. “Go back to sleep.”
David nodded and rolled over. He fell asleep wondering just what was going on.
“I don‘t know what to do.” Craig‘s voice jolted David from his sleep. He glanced at the clock. It was just after five.
“I can‘t believe you were so stupid,” Jason hissed back.
“You‘re one to talk.”
“That is fucking different and you know it.”
“I wasn‘t stupid enough to have unprotected sex with someone who I knew was positive.”
“I didn‘t know.”
“Then you shouldn‘t have been stupid enough to have unprotected sex.”
“You think I don‘t know this Jason? Fuck.”
David rubbed his face and sat up as their conversation continued.
“How many other guys have you lied to?”
“I never lied to you.”
“That‘s bullshit and you fucking know it.”
“No it‘s not, okay? Everyone else was fine, you were fine.”
“I thought you were too. When‘s the last time you were tested?”
“A week ago.”
“Before that Craig.”
“I dunno a year, year and a half.”
“How the fuck could you be so stupid? You not only put yourself at risk, you put me at risk.”
“You‘re sorry! You‘re SORRY!”
“I didn‘t wake up and decide to get HIV, Jason.”
Angela, is a twenty-something Registered Nurse and writer living and working in central Canada. She is a proud Canadian and an even prouder girl from back east. She thoroughly enjoys writing novels featuring character that live in or are from the Maritimes. Angela freely admits to living at Starbucks when writing as well as being a bit of a social hermit, when she isn’t busy looking for Mr. Right (or hey even Mr. Wrong) she is working hard on advocating for persons with disabilities.